Former British champ Kristian Whatley has signed to stay with his current Buildbase Honda team in the British MX1 championship for the 2016 season. And the squad will add an MX2 team to its line-up next season, too. The team, run by three-times world 500 champ Dave Thorpe, will be the official Honda entrants in both the MX1 and MX2 series. It's not known whether current MX1 rider Gert Krestinov will be retained.

The 25-year-old Whatley has had an injury-hit season which has curtailed his British championship campaign but currently leads both the Pirelli Masters series and the MX Nationals with just one round remaining.

Whatley said. "I think it goes without saying that I am very happy to have the chance to race for Dave and the Buildbase Honda Team again next year, and I want to thank them for continuing to have faith in me despite the difficult season we have had together in 2015. Injuries are unfortunately part of what we do, but fingers crossed I can avoid them in 2016 and we can have a proper chance to show what we can do.

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"I have built up a strong relationship with my mechanic Ryan Thorpe this season, he has worked really hard to give me a bike that suits my style, and we are already working with the new 2016 CRF450R so we should have a great bike again for next year."

Thorpe said: "We are very pleased to be able to retain Kristian for next season, as he remains one of the strongest riders outside of the GP contenders and is perfectly placed to fight for the Maxxis ACU MX1 British Motocross Championship in 2016 along with the other series we will contest. We are confident that we can again give him a strong package to win races, and if luck is on our side next year, to seriously challenge for the main title.

"In the coming weeks we will confirm our other riders for 2016 and our plans and intentions for next season once we have the other pieces of the jigsaw in place."